Fox News’ former chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen had left the network on the Friday before Christmas over sexual harassment allegations by three co-workers. Rosen had worked for the network for 18 years and had at one point become the target of a leak investigation by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice for his reporting on US intelligence about North Korea.
Fox News at that time had not cited any explanation on Rosen’s sudden exit from the network. But on Wednesday, reports said that Rosen had developed a pattern of flirting aggressively with many peers and had also made sexual advances towards three female co-workers. And as the scrutiny of his behaviour at the network increased, he decided to part ways.
Fox News did not immediately respond back to the flowing questions on Rosen’s sudden exit by the media. Also, the several attempts to reach Rosen also failed.
After Rosen left the network, he has kept a low profile. On January 2, he posted a tweet that read, “I appreciate all the good wishes you have sent to me and I hope to bring you news about my future endeavours soon.”
Rosen’s behaviour drew attention from Fox News at a time when Rupert Murdoch, its controlling owner declared that there had been no allegations of sexual misconduct at the network since the ouster of late Fox News chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes in the year 2016.
Notably, there are many high-profile broadcasters at the network that have faced sexual harassment allegations. One of the famous prime-time hosts Bill O’Reilly was fired in 2017 after The New York Times outlined the scope of various sexual harassment allegations against him for which he paid about $13 million to five women to settle the harassment claims. A former Fox News executive, Francisco Cortes was also fired in 2017 after being accused of sexual assault.